Defending champion France is gearing up for the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup, which will be held in Qatar starting on November 20, a question is being raised: will France retain the trophy?
Doha: Defending champion France is gearing up for the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup, which will be held in Qatar starting on November 20. A question is being raised: will France retain the trophy?
No team has won two consecutive football World Cups since Brazil lifted back-to-back trophies in 1958 and 1962. On both occasions, Pele represented Brazil. Several outstanding teams and players participated in the World Cup, but they failed to repeat the unbelievable Brazilian record.
Notably, in the last three World Cups, the record of the defending champion has been grimmer. Italy, Spain, and Germany were the winners of the 2006, 2010, and 2014 editions, respectively. All three teams were ousted at the preliminary stage.
France lifted the first World Cup in 1998, but in the 2002 edition, the French performed below par and were ousted in the first round. They lost to newcomers Senegal in their opening encounter in Seoul, South Korea.
France coach Didier Deschamps has stated that he will prefer a 4-3-1-2 formation at the World Cup. The team is replete with several fantastic players. Benzema and Mbappe and others are ready to repeat their 2018 performances. However, other teams in the tournament will do their level best to lift the most coveted trophy of all sports in the world.
A couple of months ago, Deschamps said on the FIFA website that “We’re the defending world champions.” “When you’re at the very top, it’s difficult to do any better.” “It’s perfectly normal for a team to go on slightly less successful runs, but France remain a really competitive force and are among the top teams in Europe and the world.”
The injuries to N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba will really hurt the team, but the French side still has enough power to drub any side. In the absence of two key players, the focus will be on Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe, and Antoine Griezmann to help the team win its second consecutive FIFA World Cup.